Progressives and the Memory Lacuna of the New Democrat’s Heyday

Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, reminds us of the 1990s (boldface mine):

If anyone doubts that the mainstream media fails to tell the truth about our political system (and its true winners and losers), the spectacle of large majorities of black folks supporting Hillary Clinton in the primary races ought to be proof enough. I can’t believe Hillary would be coasting into the primaries with her current margin of black support if most people knew how much damage the Clintons have done – the millions of families that were destroyed the last time they were in the White House thanks to their boastful embrace of the mass incarceration machine and their total capitulation to the right-wing narrative on race, crime, welfare and taxes. There’s so much more to say on this topic and it’s a shame that more people aren’t saying it. I think it’s time we have that conversation.

I’ve touched on this in “The Northern Strategy” and “Forgetting History: The New Democrat Edition“, as well as “Welfare Reform Killed Thousands, But Data Be Damned“. Both the forgetful and the young might not want to party like it’s 1999.

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